Investigating safe driving for your aging adult can mean looking at a variety of different factors. These are some of the most common problems your elderly family member might encounter.

Elder Care in Rohnert Park CA: Driving Safety

Elder Care in Rohnert Park CA: Driving Safety

Swelling and Pain in the Extremities.

Your senior’s hands, arms, legs, and feet are crucial to helping her drive safely and control the vehicle. If these extremities hurt or are too swollen to move properly, she’s going to have serious difficulty with driving. Talk with her doctor if her arms and legs are experiencing difficulties.

Trouble Controlling the Car.

Difficulty controlling the vehicle can crop up for other reasons, too. If your elderly family member’s car is an older one, it’s possible that it may not have power steering or brakes. As your senior ages, she may have difficulty with the strength required to operate those functions without assistance form the car. Your elderly family member may find that driving a car with a manual transmission can also be a problem. It might be time to upgrade the car.

Diminished Visibility.

Your senior may have diminished visibility for a variety of reasons. One of the most common is because her vision is changing. But she can also have trouble with visibility if she’s not able to turn her body to look over her shoulder or she’s unable to see over the hood of her car. Make sure that your aging family member is keeping up with eye doctor appointments and test her ability to see around the vehicle a few times a year.

Trouble with Hearing.

If your aging adult can’t hear well, sounds like emergency sirens and car horns may be ignored inadvertently. It’s a good idea for your elderly family member to have her hearing tested. From there, she can find solutions to help, such as choosing hearing aids or limiting sounds inside the car, primarily by turning off radios and keeping the windows up.

General Weakness and Reduced Stamina.

It’s not uncommon for elderly people to lose muscle tone and to gradually become weaker. This is especially the case if your senior doesn’t exercise at all. Work with your elderly family member’s doctor to set up an exercise and diet plan that can help her to regain valuable muscle tone.

When you can’t resolve these problems quickly, having alternative transportation solutions, such as hiring elder care providers, can be a solid temporary option.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Rohnert Park, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.